Set aside 20 minutes each day exercising. Regular exercise lowers your risk of contracting illnesses and infections, keeps your body in good working condition, keeps you young, elevates your mood and keeps you from being overweight. With all the benefits of exercise, there’s no reason for you not to take it up. Make it a point to exercise at least for 20 minutes each day. This can be anywhere from jogging, going to the gym, or simply walking and doing household chores. You can sneak in exercise even if you have a busy schedule by choosing to walk over taking a cab or even playing with your kids while taking care of them. Make it a point to go outdoors for at least an hour each day, and you will surely get your daily dose of exercise.
Manage stress and anxiety. Stress and anxiety if left unmanaged can wreak havoc on your health. It can lead to numerous ailments including weight gain, depression and hypertension among others. Stress cannot be avoided but there are many ways by which you can manage stress and anxiety. You can employ relaxation techniques when you feel yourself getting stressed, or you can take up yoga, tai chi, or have massages when you experience chronic stress.
Get an adequate amount of sleep. By getting an adequate amount of sleep, you are enabling your body to rest, to grow and to repair itself properly. Studies suggest that sleep deprivation is linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancers. So train yourself to have regular amounts of sleep. Try to resist the temptation to stay awake surfing the internet or watching TV and instead snooze when it’s time to do so.
Avoid smoking. Smoking is a risk factor for practically every disease known to man so do yourself a favor and stop smoking if you do, and don’t take the habit up if you don’t. Smoking dramatically increases your risk of contracting cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers and many other conditions. If you are a smoker, try to find ways to quit such as using nicotine patches, undergoing counseling or even hypnosis.